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Is Today’s Boom Market for Healthcare, Medical Office Real Estate Built to Last?

By John Pollock CEO, Meridian It is hard to refute that demographic changes occurring in the United States are having a positive impact on healthcare real estate. Based on the latest U.S. Census data, the number of people age 65 and over is on a steep increase and on track to nearly double between 2010 and 2030. The utilization rate of healthcare facilities by people in this age cohort is dramatically more than the younger cohort. According to a report released by Transwestern in …

The Case-by-Case Realities of Student Housing Financing

Providing and securing financing for student housing properties — whether acquisition, refinancing or new development — is a competitive market. “The rewards of working in student housing are numerous. There is a constant supply of tenants, revenue tends to be stable, and the sector is considered recession-resistant,” says Justyna Daniuk, commercial real estate lending analyst with Alliant Credit Union. However, Daniuk notes, student housing financing does have risks, including …

Market Studies Are ‘Just One Piece of The Puzzle’ for Seniors Housing Developers, Says InterFace Panel

ATLANTA — Investing in a quality market study is an important step for a developer to take before breaking ground on a new seniors housing community, but the analysis alone cannot predict the success of a future property. “The report gives you a point-in-time idea of where you’re at, but it doesn’t take into consideration what’s really happening within the marketplace, on the ground, in competing communities each and every day,” said Joe Jasmon, CEO and managing partner of …

Economist: Hotel Sector Benefitting from Strong Consumer Confidence, Uptick in Income and Corporate Profits

ATLANTA — Roger Tutterow, director of Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center, encourages hoteliers to be optimistic about today’s historic level of consumer confidence because it directly impacts the leisure travel side of the hospitality sector. In late August, the consumer confidence index increased to 133.4, its highest level since October 2000, according to The Conference Board. The index gauges consumers’ confidence levels about business and labor conditions. “This …

Senior Living Communities Invest in Technology to Improve Resident Care

ATLANTA — As internet-connected technology continues to become ubiquitous in our everyday lives, residents at senior living facilities across the United States are using more and more devices. “From seven years ago to today, the average resident has gone from two devices to seven to nine devices,” said Kevin Merrill, business development director at Inviacom during an “Investing in Technology” panel at the InterFace Seniors Housing Southeast conference. The event was held …

Retailers Ramp Up Industrial Presence to Service Their Stores, Customers, Say InterFace Panelists

ATLANTA — While the development pipeline for industrial real estate is at peak capacity, retail’s new store inventory is taking a back seat. Paul Xhajanka, division real estate manager of Kroger, said that his company is breaking from the past when it would open hundreds of stores a year. “If you look at our store count for the next three to five years, we're only going to open 20 to 25 stores across our various platforms,” said Xhajanka, referring to Kroger’s portfolio of grocery …

InterFace Panel: Seniors Housing Must Become ‘Sexier’ to Millennial Workforce

ATLANTA — The seniors housing business is beset with labor concerns, and developers and operators are convinced that the solution lies in upping the number of millennials on staff. According to recent data from Pew Research Center and the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 56 million American workers are between the ages of 21 and 36. That means more than one-third of all labor force participants are millennials, a generation that industry experts say generally wants emotionally …

Flexibility is Key to Staying Relevant in Today’s Industrial Market, Say InterFace Panelists

ATLANTA — The industrial sector is busy riding the e-commerce wave, pushing demand for warehouse space to new heights. But land scarcity and changing investor preferences are forcing developers to get creative with their projects, making flexibility a top priority in today’s market. “The industry is changing so quickly, and Amazon is driving that,” said David Welch, president of Robinson Weeks Partners, an industrial real estate development and investment firm based in Atlanta. …

Three Steps Real Estate Owners Should Take Before Deciding to Refinance

Commercial real estate owners allocate a significant portion of their time to property management. Whether they carry out the work themselves or rely on the services of a professional, property owners clearly understand that successfully managing aspects like rent collection and building maintenance plays an important role in the long-term success of their investment. Unfortunately, many real estate owners and investors fail to place a similar level of importance on the management of their …

2018 Multifamily Investment Volume to Surpass Last Year, Say Apartment Association Panelists

ATLANTA — Multifamily investors are anticipating another solid year for U.S. apartment sales. Annual transaction volume is robust, price per unit is increasing and fundamentals like rent growth and occupancy are strong, leaving buyers confident that apartment properties remain a safe investment. “Investors are so sophisticated now, and they have the option of going into whatever sector, whatever geography, with whatever strategy they want, and they are scanning it all,” said Malcolm …

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